School admissions

Information about school admissions.

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Search the school catchment boundary map to find out catchment areas and boundaries. It also shows you where all our schools are.

Search the property catchment map to find out the catchment areas for school and the catchment schools associated with an individual property.

Please note, when searching for the catchment schools of a particular property, it's important to enter the full address of the property, including the postcode.  

What happens if I move out of the catchment area of the school my child attends?

You've the option of:

  • applying for a place at your new catchment school or,
  • submiting a 'placing request to remain' application, if you wish for your child to remain at the school they attend

If you move to another property within East Renfrewshire you can make an application for your new catchment school no more than 4 weeks before you move in to your new property.

If you choose to submit an application for your child to remain at their current school you should submit this as soon as possible after moving to your new property.

What happens if I'm thinking of moving to East Renfrewshire Council, but want to make sure there's a space in the catchment school before moving?

It's not possible to give information about the availability of places at any school within East Renfrewshire Council, as this information changes on a regular basis.

What happens if I'm looking at a property in East Renfrewshire Council and want to know what the catchment schools are in the area?

You can find out the schools associated with a property within East Renfrewshire Council if you search the property catchment map

Please note, when searching for the catchment schools of a particular property, it's important to enter the full address of the property, including the postcode.  

My child attends an East Renfrewshire school as the result of a successful placing request application, as we live outwith the catchment area of the school. What do I need to do if I move?

Regardless of where you move to, you must advise the school, your child attends, of your new address. 

If your child currently attends the school as the result of a successful placing request and you move to a property which is:

  • also outwith the catchment area of the school, there's no requirement for another placing request/request to remain application
  • within the catchment area of the school your child attends, you'll need to provide documentary evidence that you and your child live in the catchment area of the school

What should I do if I want to move my child from one East Renfrewshire Council school to another East Renfrewshire Council school?

You'll need to submit a placing request even if the move is to your alternative catchment school.

Your child will usually go to the school in their catchment area.

Each residential address has a catchment denominational (Roman Catholic) and non-denominational primary and secondary school.

Cluster schools

There are 5 non-denominational clusters and 2 denominational (Roman Catholic) clusters.

See a list of our schools.

Denominational (Roman Catholic) schools

If applying for a denominational (Roman Catholic) school, and your child has a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate, you should provide this at the time of application.

Catchment evidence

You'll need to give documentary evidence of your child's date of birth and that you and your child live in the catchment area of the catchment school you apply for.

Catchment school places

We aim to provide places for all children at the catchment school. However, living in the catchment area does not guarantee a place at the catchment school.

Shared custody

In the situation where there's an agreement for shared custody of a child, where a child lives with a different parent or carer regularly at a different property, the local catchment school is defined by the Education department as the residence of the parent or carer who gets Child Benefit for the child.

Recent documentary evidence of receipt of Child Benefit or equivalent paperwork will need to be submitted to the Education department. In the event that a Child Benefit statement isn't available contact the Education department for more guidance.

When to apply

You can apply for a school catchment place when you've secured a property within East Renfrewshire and have a confirmed move in date.

You can apply no more than 4 weeks before you move into the property.

How to apply

Normally, you would make the application directly to your preferred catchment school. However, at this time, you should not contact the school directly.  You should email the Admissions team and include the following information in your email:

  • Confirm you wish to apply for a school catchment place for the current session
  • Your name
  • The full postal address of the property in East Renfrewshire you are, or will be, living in
  • If you're moving in please specify the confirmed entry date
  • If you are, or will be, living in your own property or living care of friends/family
  • Your contact telephone number
  • The name of your child
  • Your child's date of birth
  •  Your relationship to the child for whom you're making the application

What happens next

You'll be sent an email that'll include a link to an online application form. 

Once you've completed the online application form you'll get another email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will include details of documents needed, your reference number and the link to upload the documents digitally.

Supporting documentation

Initially, you'll be asked to provide the following documents:

  • Your child's birth certificate
  • Your child's Roman Catholic baptismal certificate (if applicable)
  • Evidence of kinship agreement or foster care (if applicable)
  • Proof of ownership such as proof of purchase or concluded missives, a recent mortgage statement or full rental agreement, which must include the landlord's registration number or title deeds (if the property is owned outright)
  • Evidence you're registered for Council Tax purposes at the property such as a recent council Tax notice or a receipt from us as proof that you've applied to register for Council Tax

Please note, these documents shouldn't be submitted until you've got the acknowledgement email with your reference number and appropriate link to upload the documents digitally.

On receipt of satisfactory documentation a place will be temporarily held (4 weeks).

Once you've moved into the property more documentation will need to be uploaded:

  • Proof of child benefit, if you get it. If you don't claim Child Benefit we'll accept a driving licence or recent bank statement.
  • Recent utility bill such as a gas or electricity bill. If you've not yet got a bill we'll accept a welcome letter from your new utility provider.

Please note, these documents must show your name (name of the applicant) and the catchment address. They must also be dated on or after the date you move into the property.

If you're not living in your own property, for example, if you're living care of friends or family, we'll need additional documentary evidence, from the householder, as well as evidence from you (the applicant).

Full details of the documents needed will be listed on the acknowledgement email you get after you complete the online application form.

If, after 4 weeks, you fail to give further documentary evidence of your residency within the school's delineated catchment area, the place will be released and made available or offered to other catchment applicants who satisfy the criteria.

Please note, we can ask for more evidence or information when proof of residency isn't satisfied.

You and your child must be residing in the catchment property and have provided all of the necessary documentation before your child can start school.

You can apply for primary 1 once a year for the new session starting in August.

A child should start school if they turn 5 between 1 March of that year and the last day of February the following year.

You can apply for a primary 1 school catchment place for your child if you live in, or will be living in, East Renfrewshire by the start of the new session in August.

The dates in relation to the primary 1 application process will be advertised in the local press, council website, local authority nurseries, partnership nurseries and social media in November.

Online applications should be made from 1 December.

Icon for pdf Read our school admissions policy [384.72KB] for more information.

How to apply for a primary 1 school catchment place

View the 'Apply for primary 1' web page.

Early entry

You can make a request for early entry to school for a child whose 5th birthday falls after the last day in February. Contact the Education department to find out more.

If your child already attends a school in East Renfrewshire

As part of the P7 to S1 transition programme, you'll be given details of the S1 application process in November or December.

If you live in East Renfrewshire and your child attends a primary school which isn't in East Renfrewshire

You should contact the Education Admissions team in the December before your child is due to transfer to secondary school in the August. Arrangements will be made for you to make an application for a S1 school place at your preferred catchment school.

If you don't live in East Renfrewshire and would like to apply for a school place in East Renfrewshire

You should submit a placing request between 1 December and 31 January before they are due to transfer to secondary school in the August.

Visit our 'Placing requests' web page for more information.

Phase 1 process

We'll process all applications to the preferred catchment school and allocate places, where possible, to the school applied for. If we get more catchment applications than there are places available, we'll allocate places using our priority criteria (see below).

If, for each category, we've more requests than the number of places we'll move to the next category in order. We'll do this until we've applied all criteria. A Senior Education Officer will then hold a ballot for any requests left. 

Priority criteria
Priority groupDescription
1Parent or carer with whom the child lives with stays in the school catchment area.
2

Roman Catholic schools - parent or carer with whom the child lives with stays in the school catchment area and the child has a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate.

3East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) resident where child has a medical condition that only the catchment school can support (with evidence from a medical professional).
4

ERC resident when applying for a secondary school - children who attend an associated primary school of the secondary school applied for.

Please note, children who've attended the associated primary school for the longest time will have the highest priority.

5Child currently has a sibling attending the school applied for and will continue to attend the school on the day which the applicant would commence school.
6ERC residents who are single parents or carers and can show how it'll benefit the child's care to go to the catchment school.
7All other ERC residents who don't fall into another priority group.


Phase 2 process

This only applies to catchment applications where we can't offer a place at the preferred catchment school.

Roman Catholic schools

If you apply to a Roman Catholic school and your child has a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate, we'll redirect them to an alternative Roman Catholic school.

If you apply to a Roman Catholic school and your child doesn't have a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate, they'll be included in phase 2 for the non-denominational catchment school. This is as long as places are still available at this school. We'll allocate places using the above priority criteria.

If there isn't a place at the non-denominational catchment school they'll be redirected to a non-denominational school in another catchment area.  

Non-denominational schools

Your child will be redirected to a non-denominational school in another catchment area.

Redirected children

We'll offer places as they become available at the catchment school. 

Preferred alternative school*

*This only applies to P1 and S1 applications for the start of the new term in August.

At the time of application, you can identify an alternative school to be considered, should we be unable to allocate your child a place at their catchment school, due to oversubscription at that stage. This alternative school is called the 'preferred alternative' school.

If you choose to record a 'preferred alternative' school on your application, this'll be treated as a 'placing request', if your child isn't allocated a place at the preferred catchment school.

Visit our 'Placing requests' web page for information.

How to apply

You need to submit a placing request to apply for Calderwood Lodge.

Holidays

Calderwood Lodge School holidays differ from other schools in East Renfrewshire Council as the school includes Jewish holidays.

Secondary school

Pupils from Calderwood Lodge who live in East Renfrewshire will go to Mearns Castle High School.

You need to submit a placing request if you don't live in East Renfrewshire or want your child to go to a different secondary school.

Last modified on 15 April 2021

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